How to Get Things Really Flat

A Man's Guide to Ironing, Dusting and other Household Arts

by Andrew Martin

  • Published: 06 Aug 2009
  • Price: £7.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 224p
  • ISBN: 9781906021719
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Andrew Martin is surprisingly well qualified to write a guide to housework for men. Not only is he a man himself, but he does a lot about the house. On purely humanitarian grounds he recently took over some of the ironing from his wife; he then branched out into bath-cleaning, fairly regular vacuuming, and washing up after dinner (when he wasn’t going out).

For the purposes of this book, he has interviewed many experts, and can thus provide answers to such burning questions as: ‘Do I Need to Bother about the Controls on the Iron?’ and ‘Is Dust Actually Dangerous?’

The result is a genuinely enlightening read, combining practical housework advice with touching recollections from the author’s Yorkshire childhood and hilarious scenes from the daily sit-com of family life.

“You might not think that a book about cleaning could be funny but this made me laugh out loud. In the office. During a quiet lunch hour.” Financial Times

“Obviously my husband will be getting a pristine copy of How to Get Things Really Flat. The author takes his task seriously, but he’s also a funny and fluent writer and this one just might hang around to become an essential reference book as our two young boys grow up.” Kate Colquhoun, Daily Telegraph

“I was afraid that this was going to be another one of those tiresome blokes-are-crap-at-housework books, but it’s a strange delight, disarmingly written. Andrew Martin is lyrical about the vacuuming – with a special mention of his favourite attachment, the crevice nozzle – and he gives the low down on feather dusters.” Sunday Telegraph

“Andrew Martin has launched himself as an unlikely domestic god. His hilarious book is a bloke’s guide to difficult stuff like ironing, dusting, cleaning products and yes, Christmas.” Jan Moir, Daily Mail

“Combining hilarious anecdotes with practical tips from experts about housework for men, it’s debatable whether this is really a gift for him, or you” Woman & Home

About Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin trained as a barrister before becoming a journalist and novelist. His seven novels include five titles featuring the young Edwardian detective, Jim Stringer. He has also written short stories and radio plays. He is married with two children, and lives in north London.